Twenty Classic Closing Lines From Famous Literature

idealbookshelfBIGGEST 560x139What could possibly be more well-known in the literary world than the opening lines of famous books? Well, in some respects, closing lines. But not nearly as so. Somehow we always seem to recall the first page that leads us into the encompassing shroud of a wonderful book, but it always seems the last line we read doesn’t quite pack the same familiar punch. Well, for those truly in love with the written word, here are twenty famous closing lines from famous novels, in honor of World Book Day. Just so you know, they are in no particular order, and we don’t consider Fifty Shades of Grey literature.

20) Catch 22 – Heller

Catch 22 198x300“The Knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.”


19) The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald

GreatGatsby 200x300“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”


18) Long Day’s Journey Into Night – O’Neill

ALong 186x300“I fell in love with James Tyrone and was so happy for a time.”


17) Middlemarch – Eliot

middlemarch 182x300“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”


16) 1984 – Orwell

1984 174x300“He Loved Big Brother.”


15) 2001: A Space Odyssey – Clarke

2001book 187x300“For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something.”


14) Double Indemnity – Cain

DoubleIndemnity 189x300“The Moon.”


13) American Psycho – Ellis

american psycho 196x300“NO EXIT”


12) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Twain

Huckleberry Finn book 246x300“But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and civilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.”


11) The Long Goodbye – Chandler

thelonggoodbye book 208x300“I never saw any of them again — except the cops. No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them.”


10) A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens

tale of two cities a 174x300“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done: it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”


9) The Trial – Kafka

trial 200x300“‘Like a dog!’ he said: it was as if the shame of it must outlive him.”


8) Return of the King – Tokien

return of the king book4 198x300“‘Well,’ he said, ‘I’m back.'”


7) Little Women – Alcott

littlewomen 184x300“Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!”


6) Gone With the Wind – Mitchell

gone with the wind 195x300“After all, tomorrow is another day.”


5) Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare

MuchAdo 186x300“Think not on him till to-morrow. I’ll devise thee brave punishments for him. Strike up, pipers!”


4) The Divine Comedy – Dante

Divine Comedy 198x300“Here vigour fail’d the tow’ring fantasy:
But yet the will roll’d onward, like a wheel
In even motion, by the Love impell’d,
That moves the sun in heav’n and all the stars.”


3) Frankenstein – Shelley

frankenstein 187x300“He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.”


2) Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky

CandP 194x300“But that is the beginning of a new story – the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.”


1) The Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway

oldmanandthesea 198x300“The old man was dreaming about the lions.”